John Pothast was named Defensive Player of the Week. The obvious reason why is his beautifully timed boot that cleared an otherwise obvious equalizer off the line in the 87th minute against Oregon State. The redshirt sophomore's play preserved the clean sheet for goalkeeper Charlie Lyon and gave Marquette their second win of the season. Pothast has stepped back in at central defense after taking a redshirt year in 2013 and was a key factor in Marquette not allowing any goals at all over the weekend. Pothast was also one of three defenders named to College Soccer News' Team of the Week, as well as the only player from the Big East.
Redshirt freshman Alex McBride was included in the Big East's Weekly Honor Roll this week. The Marquette University High School product scored the opening and eventually game winning goal on Friday against Gonzaga. It's the first collegiate goal for McBride, who had sisters Allison and Kerry star on defense for Marquette's women's team.
With an Honor Roll appearance already in her pocket, Amanda Engel is starting to build a case as the best goalkeeper in the league this season by being named Goalkeeper of the Week. Engel allowed just one goal on Marquette's trip to Colorado over the weekend. when you factor in the scoreless draw on Sunday, she's gone just short of 190 minutes without allowing a goal. As a result of her stellar week, Engel's goals-against average for the season has dipped under 1.00, and she's got the third best mark in the Big East.
After a 1-1 weekend for the team, Marquette sophomore outside hitter Autumn Bailey earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Bailey hit .275 on the weekend while averaging 4.00 kills and 1.88 digs per set against American and #8 Florida State. Of course, those kills and digs averages would be higher if they didn't end that fifth set against the Seminoles at 15 points instead of the usual 25, but this is not the time to revisit that argument.